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Amos Part 17 – Eating, Drinking and Being Merry

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“Eating, Drinking and Being Merry”

Key Verses:  Amos 6:2 – 6:7

We learned last week that being “at ease” in Zion meant we are not doing the work of God and instead are seeking the ways of the heathen nations to avoid the burden of living a godly life.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

Cutting peace treaties with the “chief of the nations” within ourselves is the result of our turning grace into lasciviousness and failing to earnestly contend for the faith (Jud 1:3-4).

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Our failing to work is not standing on faith. For this cause the Lord will send upon us strong delusion as we feast on the finer things in the Lord’s temple and the streets of His Holy City (Luk 13:26) but attend not the carrying the cross.  This brings the occasion the Lord has been seeking to kindle the fire of judgment in our earth (Luk 12:49) that comes by the Word. The Lord’s response to this unbelief and our pleasure in continued sins and fornication with heathen nations (turning grace to lasciviousness); is to send to us strong delusion.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Our captivity to sin and darkness is what leads to our “damnation” which is the very judgment of that man of sin within us, the blessing of God that will ultimately save us and all men in the appointed time. The unbelieving antichrist within, needs to be revealed and is identified to us as we go beyond Damascus into captivity to our flesh and carnal mind.

Amo 6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?

Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Going beyond Damascus puts us deep into Spiritual Babylon where we are using the precious stones and vessels of the Lord for position; seeking a name for ourselves as we measure and compare ourselves to others. The heathen nations within and without are the rod of His anger used to bring judgment upon His people and reveal our captivity to sin and the lusts of the flesh.

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Amo 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

All three of these named cities denote our spiritual progression onward to maturity and coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and wretched beasts when we of ourselves do anything.

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

These three cities have names and linkages to the desires of our flesh to be great (pride) and to continually expand its borders (influence).  Before we are humbled and Christ is exalted, the Lord turns us over to the idols of our heart (Eze 14:4).  Driven by prideful lusts, we seek gain from our supposed godliness and exalt ourselves against the congregation (Isa 14:13), seeking preeminence and are not content (1Ti 6:6) with where the Lord has us.

Calneh came from the line of Cush and specifically Nimrod who was a “mighty one in the earth” and a hunter who like Esau was a man of the field/world (Gen 25:27, Mat 13:38).

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Isaiah tells us Calneh is the same as Carchemish which means “fortress of Chemosh”

Isa 10:9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

Chemosh was looked at in some detail in Amos Part 6.  This is the God of the Moabites who came from one of Lot’s two incestuous sons.  Spiritual incest as other studies have shown is uncovering the nakedness (sin) of our family which comes when we sleep with them in the darkness  rather than walking in the light.  The Body of Christ and the ministry of Christ is to be covering sins not uncovering them (1Pe 4:8).

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The spirit of Satan, the accuser of the brethren and fault finding spirit is being cast out of heaven and is made manifest in our journey beyond Damascus (Amo 5:27). The wagging the finger and finding fault is only cast out when we starve the old man and feed the new man.

Isa 58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Hamath comes from H3246 meaning “walled” in like a “walled fortress”.  This is the false peace and safety we know, thinking we have made it through already before the Lord comes suddenly in the dark of night. Hamath is said to be “as Arpad” (Isa 10:9) which means “comfort” and is likened to the spreading out like on a bed. Spiritually speaking this is nothing more than being at ease, which is trusting in ourselves and the works of our hands as we build our own tower into heaven and rise above the clouds (Heb 12:1 – the saints).

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

All three of these cities are kingdoms of the heathen nations and Gath is no different, perhaps best known for being the home of Goliath the giant of the uncircumcised Philistines that represent the power of our flesh.  Goliath is our beast and the beast of all carnally minded men that walk after the flesh (signified by the number six).

1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

In the Micah Study Part 3, we showed the word Gath [H1660] is actually the very word in Hebrew that means winepress. Having our beast made manifest by journeying beyond Damascus into Spiritual Babylon/Assyria and engaging the armies of Israel in the war taking place in our heaven, is what brings the occasion for that same beast to be destroyed.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Our failing to stand and fight and do the work of God in our laziness (lasciviousness) being puffed up with knowledge leads us into sin and our wicked hearts deceive us. Amos asks the question are we better than these three kingdoms or their borders greater than ours?  This is to cast light on our lack of faith and our continued doing what flesh loves to do but is so unwise.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2Co 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

2Co 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Being at ease gets more difficult as the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) is turned up in our day of wrath against the man of sin that is making a name for myself. We will stop it when the fire gets so hot and Romans grace accomplishes its purpose in changed behavior (Rom 5:20). Yet it is a process as we like Job, believe we are not worthy to be judged and bear this scourging.

Amo 6:3  Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Putting off the day of evil is not being aware of our day of visitation from the Lord and wresting away His righteous judgments, the very trials and tribulations that are necessary to save us (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27) by destroying our old way of life and establishing a new way.

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Following Christ is remembering Lot’s wife and not looking back and seeking to save the old.

Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

It is following our Lord’s footsteps and forsaking all that truly separates the chosen from the faithful in the end (Rev 17:14).

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

It is the self-righteous spirit of Job and the Pharisees (i.e. you and me and ALL MEN) who do not need judgment and believe they have arrived way before the whirlwind comes and proves otherwise. These Pharisees, full of knowledge and zeal to search the Scriptures, sit in Moses’s seat which is a seat of self-righteousness by the works of the carnal law before the true reformation is completed in our day of the Lord.

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 

Eating and drinking in the Kingdom of God is the means to the end which is salvation and being delivered of our besetting sins. We are found worshiping ourselves, the temple of God and forgetting the presence of builder of the temple who is far greater.

Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

The Scriptures have many parables of our eating and drinking to excess and making that our primary focus. We so easily see this sin in others but not in ourselves as the sins of King David show us.  It takes a prophet to show us that we are THAT MAN (2Sa 12:7)

2Sa 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

2Sa 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

2Sa 12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

2Sa 12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

2Sa 12:5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

Like David we “invent” or devise and cunningly spin the truth to justify ourselves and be seen dancing and prancing in the congregation.  Yet our obedience is far from complete and we are in need of a prophet to bring rebuke to us to see ourselves as this man of sin. The end does not come until we see ourselves as this abomination in the Lord’s Temple (Mat 24:15). Only then are we taught the new song that only the Elect can sing as we abide in the fire, acknowledging we are the chief of sinners in all humility.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (by judgment)

This is the true music and true Psalms the Lord is well pleased with that comes forth from a converted and contrite heart that has and is being humbled by the light shining in darkness.  The priority will shift from knowledge to filling up in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).

Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Seeking preeminence, seeking dominion over other’s faith (2Co 1:24) and taking their wife and killing their husband, all sins of David committed in his affair are ours sin.  We are the man!  This is our story and words the Elect of God shall live by (Luk 4:4).  We learn it is better to go to the house of mourning than feasting.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Are we really serving Christ or are we serving self and feeding the old man in seeking gain among men?  The Lord knows and tries our hearts by these very judgments we are studying.

1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (and not to ourselves).

Until we are humbled and given a change of heart (little by little) we are trusting in our spiritual riches and the outward fruits we bring that are seen of men.

Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

Our work, our labor in the kingdom of God is not to get rich and lay up treasures for ourselves (Pro 23:4, Luk 12:21). The ministry of Jesus Christ is to feed others first and NOT OURSELVES. As servants we eat second and thereby reap the blessing that is greater to those who give rather than receive. Our reasonable service is our entire life be given in service and there to be no seeking of gain.

Luk 17:8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’

Luk 17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

Luk 17:10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

It is a narrow way to navigate the path to eternal life.  Paul praised not the carnal Corinthians who were coming together and making a show of eating and drinking for themselves when such work is to be done at home and not when we come together for service.

1Co 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

This spirit of self, manifests in our gorging ourselves with food (waxing fat – Deut 32:15) and drinking to drunkenness (Deut 29:6) that is ordained before we will know the Lord in spirit and I truth.   The day comes as it did for Noah and for Lot when we are eating and drinking in lusts for self and then Christ is revealed and the beast is destroyed by the water and fire of judgment.  (Luk 17:25-30).

Turning grace into lasciviousness is putting the light that is in us, under a bed and fornicating with the world.  We truly are being taught to separate by these many parables and learning just how serious is our calling.

Luk 8:16  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

Becoming part of the living Christ is a transformation process from living for ourselves and awakening from our spiritual sleep and putting away all things that are not of faith. When the Lord comes and arises within us, then we are commanded to get up from our bed and walk in faith (Joh 5:9).

Not being grieved for the affliction of Joseph is our ignorance to our own spiritual status and need for a healing as well as those in the Body.  The words for “grieved for the affliction” of Joseph are in their primary use telling us we are not aware of our sickness [H2470] that is destroying us [H7667].  Jesus Christ only comes to those who know and acknowledge they are in need of such a spiritual doctor (1T1 1:15, Rom 7:24).

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

This responsibility to work out our own salvation first and foremost is our duty (Phi 2:12) and what acting in faith (working in the kingdom of God) is truly all about.

Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

The Lord is, was and will be, getting our attention and showing us our lackadaisical faith that has turned His grace into justification for our continued sins and fornicating with the gods of this world.  Our moth eaten garments and cankered gold are being exposed and we are counseled where to go as the trials of judgment intensify.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The outward application of not being grieved is failing to be the faithful watchmen and truly love our brothers and go to them when they err and use the word to bring rebuke and correction where and when it is needed.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

We must always take heed (remain vigilant) in the fight of faith and examine ourselves and try the spirits in ourselves and in others.  Grievous wolves enter in (Act 20:29) and speak lies to draw away disciples in the gainsaying tradition of Core and Balaam.  This is why we must always try the spirits and examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith.

Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

As we are taken captive deep into Assyria beyond Damascus (aka Spiritual Babylon), our sins are being uncovered in our captivity and the feasting and celebrating ceases. Despite our knowledge, we are captives to our sins and like a pig returning to its wallowing in mire or a dog to its vomit, we are overcome by the beast.

2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

It is a famine of hearing the words of the Lord that will bring us to our wits end and leads us back to our Father’s House as the Prodigal Son.

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD

Being awakened to righteousness and seeing our true spiritual status will lead us to wash our hands in the fire and turns us back to the Lord with the mourning and weeping necessary to bring forth the new man.

Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jas 4:9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Next week the Lord begins smiting Israel for its inequities and disobedience being unfaithful to the Word.  Jacob will be made small which is the prerequisite for Christ to be exalted.  The might strong man of sin within us is being cut down as Christ is raised within us.

Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

Sincere comments or questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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Micah Part 11 – Eating & Drinking Unworthily

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Eating and Drinking Unworthily

Key Verses:  Micah 3:1 – 3:5

We ended Part 10 at the conclusion of Chapter 2 with “the breaker” coming upon us and breaking up our old way of life.  We are now being led, dragged actually, by the Lord who is our Head.

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

This is how the sheep are led to the slaughter and all things in our lives (our heavens and the earth) are made new (Rev 21:5).  Thankfully the Lord does indeed drag us (Joh 6:44) as we would never of our own “free will” walk into the winepress also known as the furnace of affliction.  We don’t bring ourselves out of bondage to the world and to sin, it is the Lord who does it and here is how He does it.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

The focus of today’s study will be on eating and drinking in the kingdom of God.  This eating and drinking of course are all spiritual symbols of how we partake of Jesus Christ and His judgments.

Luk 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Here are the verses we will cover today.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Mic 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

It is the Word that leads us and nourishes us from a babe in Christ unto a mature man sanctified and exercising self-control (dominion) over sin.  These verses in Micah show us the linkage to our eating spiritual food and our judgment.  They are both one and the same thing.  We grow in the Lord by eating and we become what we eat!

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Starting on milk we move to maturity and with time progress to eating strong meat (Heb 5:13). Our purpose of coming together and fellowshipping and breaking bread is all about partaking in communion with Jesus Christ.  We are told to do this often.

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Eating and drinking all refer to the one event of living by every word.  We shall certainly eat of His flesh and we will certainly drink of His cup right on schedule.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

It is performing this vital function (Heb 10:25, Col 1:24) of eating and drinking by which we are growing and maturing in the same way a child eats and drink physical things with nutrients to grow and become stronger with time.  We learn by doing and this is why we come together to eat and drink.

1Co 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

Now let’s look at the specific verses.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

We must eat a lot of spiritual food to grow up in Christ.  This is how we come to know judgment, discerning good and evil along the narrow way and grow in the mind of Christ.  This is how we come to know the Lord which is the very definition of life eternal.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

We, like Micah here, should be praying for the brethren that they would know judgment now in this age and become partakers of His divine nature that comes no other way.  We traverse this path to maturity all the way to brotherly love (2 Pe 1:7) to complete our training course in righteousness.  Yet our flesh abhors God’s judgment (Mic 3:9) and will do anything to remove or wrest it away.  We remove judgment from not only ourselves but also from others when we are snared by the Babylonian lies that twists making compromise and tolerating fleshly differences as love.  The Word does not pity, it does not spare and instead it destroys worldliness and carnal mindedness which is enmity with the Lord.  We are to be separate and have to carry a cross and bear persecution if we are given to obey.  There is only one way and one truth and that is Jesus Christ who is His Word.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We should pursue peace with all men (Heb 12:14) but we don’t do that by compromising the commandments of the Lord.  Our pursuit of peace is also with holiness (obedience).  We must stand for faith and bear our cross otherwise we wrest judgment.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous

Being taught and given the mind of Christ requires us to judge all things by the Word of God (1 Co 2:15).  We come to see ourselves as chief of sinners in our day of judgment as the Lord purposefully manifests evil in our house and shines the light of truth on our hidden wickedness and inequities.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Judgment is how we are being taught the things of Christ.  Judgment is how we come to know the Lord.  We do not learn any other way but by this process.

Exodus 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

It is our going through judgment and learning by the scourging of grace that the law of Christ is written onto our hearts and minds.  Eating meat is the trials, the suffering, and the persecution … the losing of our life to gain it.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

As we read verses like this we must always remember the Word is Spirit (Joh 6:63).  The carnal mind and those in orthodox Babylonian churches have no ability to study these verses much less explain them.  We must be given the requisite ears to hear and eyes to see that come only to the chosen few (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:10, Mat 22:14).  These words about eating flesh speak not to cannibalism by the flesh Jews of Micah’s time.  They speak to you and me and all of God’s Elect and our time of eating and drinking unworthily in the kingdom of God.  There are rules (commandments) and table manners in the house of God just like good parents teach their children physical table manners.  Paul spells out some of the problems and poor eating habits of the immature Corinthian church that apply as lessons and experiences to this very day. When we come to the Body of Christ primarily to receive rather than to give, we miss the point of being a servant. We all have to do it first, warming ourselves by the fire before we are given to serve.

1Co 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

As priests of the Lord and shepherds of the flock (Joh 10:2) we ought to follow the Lord’s example to minister rather than to be ministered to.  Paul also showed that example of laboring to support the weak.

Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

When we pursue gain from the offerings and sacrifices of the brethren, we are sons of Belial, the wicked one and are eating from both tables and drinking from both cups.

1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

1Sa 2:13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in his hand;

Eating and drinking in the kingdom of God when done properly is how we die daily and become a living sacrifice for our brothers and sisters.  This is showing the Lord’s death till He comes (1 Co 11:26).

We are warned and admonished not to eat unworthily which of course we will do at first in order to then learn how to eat properly in the Body of Christ.  We examine ourselves and our faith, be diligent as we have been repeatedly seeing in Micah that we take communion properly in the house of God.

1Co 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

We will remain weak babes and be spiritually sick and asleep when we eat unworthily and thereby pervert and twist the righteous judgments of God.  The Lord does not bless our halfhearted efforts and lack of diligence in our spiritual nutrition efforts.  He makes us weak and sickly and asleep to righteousness that will bring the occasion for further scourging and trials in the appointed times.  This is the process of sanctification from the inside out.  We are to take heed to our doctrine and what we eat but we also take heed how we eat and the fruit and the works of our labor in the Lord. Examination is required.

Psa 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies

Eze 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

We need to embrace our judgment and strive to hasten the coming of the Lord (2 Pe 3:12) to gain dominion over our sins and move on towards maturity.  To get there we suffer and endure the tribulations which we have been appointed to.  We must do this if we are to make the grade and be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

These Micah verses speak to us eating at the table of the Lord but doing it unworthily.  We cannot have it both ways.  We can’t serve two masters and we can’t eat at two tables.  This pollutes the temple of God, which Temple we are and provokes the Lord to jealousy and brings His wrath.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

Let’s look a little more at some of the symbolism.  Physical body parts foretell wisdom of spiritual body parts and what they represent.  Bones are the framework and pertain to doctrine, the foundation on which any matter and all truth is established.  The bones of Jesus Christ are His doctrines and the Scriptures we study and are living Words for God’s Elect.  The Scriptures are the Word that cannot be broken.

Joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

The Elect of God are Jesus Christ whom the world rejects and persecutes.  We are His Body and are His flesh and of His bones.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Being immature and yet carnal we will still be at enmity with the Lord’s doctrines and the stringent requirements for our walk.  We hate good and love evil and flip flop them in our rebellion that seeks to wrest away judgment (Isa 5:20-21).  Robbing God is plucking/spoiling (stripping) the flesh off His bones remembering who His body, His flesh and His bones are.  An example would be seeking dishonest gain for our supposed godliness.

Our skin is our covering as a Body.  The Lord makes provisions and gives us, the sinners, “His saving by grace through faith” coverings for our nakedness.

Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Stripping off the skin(s) is being an accuser of the brethren and exposing one’s nakedness.  We are commanded to not uncover the nakedness of our brethren.  Ham and his offspring were cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father Noah (Gen 9:22).  Judging righteous judgment is obeying this commandment and respecting who is Lord of all things.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

It is a narrow way and we have commandments on how to deal with sin and confront our brothers and sisters.  Our obeying God in all things it what covers the sins of the Body.

1Pe 4:8 NKJV And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”

Stripping off the covering of the body is exposing it to all kinds of evils.  That spirit is what must be cast out of us.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We do this to ourselves of course but also to our neighbors and fellow brethren as prideful beasts that love to compare and measure themselves and judge in the flesh.  Looking down upon others and not judging righteous judgment is eating in the kingdom of God improperly.  When we do this we are eating strangled and torn meat which is another table rule we are commanded not to do.  The meat we eat, the Body of Christ is to be undefiled.

Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Lev 22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the LORD.

Again the admonishment is to be careful and to take heed what we eat and to examine ourselves and our thought life.

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

1Co 11:29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

The Lord has us fall down and err from His ways to use our own wickedness to correct us and teach us proper eating methods in the house of God.  Grace from a jealous God are being poured out upon us that is breaking our bones and old way of life (Lam 3:4-5).

We eat the body of Christ when we partake in the suffering in filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the church.  This is the suffering to which we have been appointed.  This is the true communion of our dying daily.

Mar 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Doctrine and knowledge is important and it must be we drink and eat in the Kingdom of God.  Yet we also must take heed HOW we eat.  Doing the word and loving God and our neighbor is  of greater importance and is the purpose of the Lord giving us the food and drink at His altar.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Mic 3:4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Our sin of eating wrongly is separating us from the Lord.  As our suffering and trials increase as “ye of little faith” we feel forsaken. All part of the Lord’s process to bring us to our wits end and we will thank Him in the end.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end …..

Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Becoming a living sacrifice, that is the meat of an offering made by fire, is painful and will cause us to first cry unto the Lord to save our flesh.  But the flesh must go and the Lord is intent on destroying it not saving it.  So in those days, which is now on the house of God, the Lord is going to ratchet up the judgments in the whirlwind.  This is how we are being humbled and brought to our wits end.  He is not hearing the pleas and cries of our old man.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you

Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Pro 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Another OT witness of the Lord turning us into destruction and forsaking us for a little while to show us our sins and bring correction.

Deu 31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

Deu 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

The Hebrew word raa H7489 which is the simple word for evil is where the translators used the phrase “they have behaved themselves ill” instead.  The Lord simply turns us over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh.  We do evil as the Lord is ordaining and in the appointed times be turned back through the power of His grace that comes from the Word.  That Word, which is “those bones cannot be broken”, and it is finishing the good work it starts.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Looking back with time we will see the mystery of God at work in all of our evil and apostasy.  This is the only way to become like Him knowing good and evil.

Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

The word for bite here is H5391 and here is how Strong’s defines it.

H5391, nâshak, naw-shak’

A primitive root; to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan: – bite, lend upon usury.

Total KJV occurrences: 16

bite, 6

usury, 4

lend, 3

bit, 2

biteth, 2

bitten, 2

lent, 1

Serpents bite and sting flesh with their mouths.  This is what we do to our brethren and the flesh of Christ when we do not eat and drink properly at the Lord’s table.

Ecc 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite [H5391] without enchantment; and a babbler is no better

Ecc 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

We have to watch our words and ensure they are always seasoned with salt (Col 4:6).  We are called to pursue peace with all men and especially in the household of faith (Gal 6:10).  Interesting that this word for BITE is also the word for USURY or LEND.

Deu 23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury [H5391] to thy brother; usury [H5392] of money, usury [H5392] of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury [H5391]

The related word H5392 means interest.  This tells us that we are not to be seeking gain of any kind.  Working in the fields of God is our reasonable service and our duty and we should expect nothing in return.

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

We bite the flesh, make war against our brethren when we communicate with such selfish hidden motives and agendas.  God’s people are to be unprofitable servants, not ones seeking and reaping profit in their service.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We have to be wise to our prideful hearts and not allow ourselves to be puffed up, one against another.  Getting dominion over these thoughts and deeds is part of growing up and learning to eat and drink properly at the table of the Lord.

As the people of God, we go thru a season where we lust for meat.  We want knowledge above everything else and have an insatiable appetite to get more.  The Lord teaches us by turning us over to our idols of the heart.  We learn to seek meat in moderation by being judged for our excessive lusts for it as the story of the quail in Numbers shows us.

Num 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

A mature man in Christ will get past the carnal desires for gain and seeking riches in the Kingdom.  Doing otherwise is a snare and drowns us in perdition and keeps us from entering into His rest and ceasing from our own works.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

I hope we see more clearly the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our lives including causing us to err from His ways and do evil (Isa 63:17, Prov 16:9, Psa 78:49).  He does this to bring judgment and correct us and reshape us, His clay vessels, with water and with fire.  Both of which wash us and sanctify us as His bride without spot or wrinkle.

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

We will Lord willing pick up next week with this theme of us perverting God’s judgment before we learn through much scourging grace and the tribulations to go with it, to judge righteously.  Given our roles in the Millennium and as the lake of Fire, we best take seriously this responsibility.  If we cannot be trusted to judge righteously and be faithful watchmen now, how will the Lord put us into even greater responsibilities?

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Nahum Part 6 – Devouring the Devourers

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We ended last week’s study with a reminder that “all things are yours” (1 Cor 3:21) and that it has been appointed for man, beginning with the Lord’s Elect to live by every word God has spoken. So these words and events and experiences we are studying are not for someone else.  They are for you and me and ultimately all men in the appointed times. I was reminded myself of this by one of the Lord’s angels recently and it has prompted me to remind you as well. Be patient as we endure these things. Christ “is, was and will be” formed in us by these painful trials and wrath that must be endured to put away our sin. That is why these words we are studying have been given to us. Our faith should make us happy if we trust in it and not the reasoning’s of the carnal mind.

Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Here are our verses for today’s study.

Nah 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

Nah 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?

Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Let’s recall how we ended last week when we reviewed Nahum 2:8

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back (repent).

Here we see ourselves taking the things of the Lord (His doctrine) yet continuing on having our way and not repenting despite all the heat and affliction this raging war in the heavens has already and is continuing to bring to us. The old man is indeed a stubborn beast. Verse 9 continues with this context and our taking the things of the Lord, plundering the store for our own glory and refusing to be obedient.

Nah 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

But the Lord has a method to His madness (His ways). New life only comes through death.  The penalty for stealing from our brethren or making merchandise of God’s Elect is death.  That thief that we all first are must go to the “tree” and die with Christ.

Deu 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Mat 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

Laying up treasures for ourselves means much more than just money or physical possessions.  It is in fact our own righteousness, our self-righteousness that is the mammon of Scripture.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When we spoil the Lord’s house by taking the gold and silver from the new man, to keep the old man alive, we are stealing from our brethren and that thief must die. Reaping what we sow means that we will be spoiled in return for our spoiling. Christ will recompense our thievery upon our heads and that is a very good thing.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

We can be 100% sure that all the reaping we do to our flesh, even that done in the name of the Lord; will be recompensed upon our head (Jer 2:19, Gal 6:7). This reaping of recompense, i.e. judgment, is exactly how the head of the beast is cut off and the new man increases. But it is a process; it is a war in our heart and minds! Here are some OT witnesses to this promise and reaping what we sow for oppressing the new man within and God’s sons without.

Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

Being unrepentant hearers of the Word but not doers, we are nothing more than thieves who are robbing God and not being a living sacrifice. Such thieves are being cursed in every age.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

When we steal the things of God, His doctrine, the very treasures of the Temple and “buy and sell” them, we are a harlot merchandising the things of the Lord, making His Temple a den of thieves (Mar 11:17, Rev 18:12). Those in Nineveh (the capital of Assyria and Babylon) are the same carnally minded ones that takes the things of God and make their own defiled bread (Isa 4:1). Making our own garments of salvation, we are decked with gold and arrayed in the jewels of the temple yet we are “buying and selling” lies and making others (those that hear us) drink of our fornicating wine.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Eze 16:17  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them

The beast we set up and worship in our religious zeal wants some glory. Sure we will share it with the Lord but we want a little credit; it is innate to the carnal mind. Yet the Lord will have none of it.

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images [our image of the beast]

Having true doctrine but not yet being tried in the fire of this baptism is our time of being puffed up and in need of nothing. We are taking the things of the Lord (the gold and the silver) but we are not yet obedient [“iswasandwillbe PROCESS”]. The Lord will intensify the war in our heavens through His messengers that will change this and cause us to repent (Heb 12:6, Ezek 38:4) in due time.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The word translated “furniture H3627 more properly refers to vessels or instruments and we will see in our next verse how we misuse those vessels and must pay the wages for our sin.

Nah 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

We covered the emptying out of the harlot in part 4 of the Book of Nahum. Being void is where we are when we are separated from the Lord and not living in Truth. But even as Genesis tells us the day comes when “let there be light” is spoken and the spirit of the Lord begins to move over the waters that represent our flesh and the earth.

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters

The melting and burning of the land has been an almost weekly commentary as that is the heart of the Lord’s process for remaking the marred vessel and re-birthing the new man. A jealous Lord will take vengeance on those who defile His Temple and blaspheme His Name.

Knees are the largest joint in the human body and are critical for how we move about and perform essential functions like standing up.  They represent the strength and independence of the flesh and the walk of the old man. The Lord is going to smote those knees as He shows us “we are sick and in need of a spiritual physician”. In due time every knee shall bow and be submitted at the name of Jesus.

Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

The story of King Belshazzar tells of this process and the resulting judgment.

Dan 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

Dan 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Dan 5:6 Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

The king of Babylon (you and me) then call upon a prophet of the Lord to tell us the interpretation and the spoken Words reveal to us that we have exalted ourselves by using and defiling the vessels of the Temple of the Lord. There are specific commands that tell us how to eat and drink properly we will look at shortly.  The penalty for misuse of the Lord’s vessels and instruments (i.e. the furniture of verse 9) is death and the old man is quickly slain in the spiritual darkness once our wickedness is revealed.

Dan 5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

Dan 5:30 In that night (darkness, blackness) was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Being confused, mixing lies and Truth, and having to deal with being shown our sinfulness puts us in great inward pain to the very core of our spiritual being. Not yet knowing the fullness of the righteousness of the Lord we will travail as a woman trying to give birth. Looking back at the root for the word translated as pain [H2479] ties it with the process of judgment and the type and shadow of a woman giving birth.

H2479, chalchâlâh, khal-khaw-law’ – Feminine from the same as H2478; writhing (in childbirth); by implication terror: – (great, much) pain.

If you trace this word back to its initial root it is this Hebrew word H2442 that means to wait.

 H2442, châkâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 14

wait, 6

Isa_30:17-18 (3), Hos_6:9, Hab_2:3, Zep_3:8

waiteth, 3

Psa_33:20, Isa_64:4, Dan_12:12

tarry, 2

waited, 2

long, 1

Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

Three representing the process of judgment and five the chastening or scourging grace of God, Daniel’s Words are the reason why we are blessed when we are given to patiently endure to the end of our day of the Lord to be saved (Luk 21:19).

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

As strange as it seems to the natural man, the faces of them all gathering blackness actually refers to the Lord glorifying Himself in us. This is the positive outcome as Christ is formed in us through the destruction and affliction of the old man. The word for blackness here in Nahum 2:10 is this Hebrew word.

 H6289, pâ’rûr, paw-roor’

From H6286; properly illuminated, that is, a glow; as noun, a flush (of anxiety): – blackness.

Total KJV occurrences: 2

 Looking at the root of H6286 we see a more often used word meaning glorified.

 H6286, pâ’ar, paw-ar’

A primitive root; to gleam, that is, (causatively) embellish; figuratively to boast; also to explain (that is, make clear) oneself; denominatively from H6288, to shake a tree: – beautify, boast self, go over the boughs, glorify (self), glory, vaunt self.

Total KJV occurrences: 14

glorified, 6 – Isa 44:23

beautify, 3

boast, 1

glorify, 1

glory, 1

vaunt, 1

Here is a good example of how this root word of blackness is used in the OT.

Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified [H6286] himself in Israel.

Everyone should be familiar with the studies on the colors posted on the IWWB site including the three part series on the color black. These studies are essential to know the positive and negative of every word of Scripture and rightfully divide the Word. The double edged sword hides the mysteries that the carnal mind cannot discern.  It should be no surprise that blackness has a positive meaning knowing this truth.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

When what we knew as Truth is shown to be lies, the war in heaven is in full swing. This defines the day of the Lord and why Christ came into this world (Joh 9:39).

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 

Mat 22:13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Our faces gathering blackness is a necessary step for the throne of the beast to receive the vials representing the wrath of God that will ultimately bring us to repentance.

Rev 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

1Pe 2:9  But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

The next few verses will be dealing with lions and their dwellings and actions.

Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?

This prophecy is addressed to both the people of Nineveh and also to the people of Judah (Nah 1:15), another words you and me if we are the people of God. We must first go into Nineveh, aka Babylon, and be seduced by the harlot before we can come out of her my people (Rev 18:4). The prayer of Jacob for his son, Judah, tells us much about what this verse is saying.

Gen 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Judah, the Elect of God, is a lion’s whelp then a lion and then an old lion before Christ is raised in us. These three stages of spiritual growth and progression come by our judgment and the war we are studying here in the prophets. The lion is an image of a beast that is also associated with God’s Elect.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

These words in Nahum are telling us that we are not abiding in the right place that we have not entered into the rest that remains for the people of God (Heb 4:9-10).

It is the sons of God who dwell in safety and none make them afraid. But in our immature state, being yet carnal we are not being at rest. We have not ceased from own works, we have not yet entered into the pasture that is Christ. The word translated feedingplace [H4289] in this verse is the same word almost always translated as pasture.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture [H4289], and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

We have to be taught the fear of the Lord it is not something we decide to do with our delusion of free will. We will be driven to the Lord when our prey is cut off and we the young lions hunger spiritually. We will be dragged to Christ and fed judgment which will teach us the fear of the Lord.

Psa 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Psa 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment

The fat and strong are destroyed.  It is the poor in spirit the Lord is working with (Mat 5:5-9).

When we know “another jesus”, we are not afraid. We do not fear God and we are dwelling with seeming peace in the land. But we know that is all a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes in the darkest part of the night, midnight.

We show we love God when we obey Him. Any other definition of love is false and is a witness we have not yet been taught the fear of the Lord.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The fear of the Lord brings obedience and that is what casts out the fear of men and us becoming prey for the adversary.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

When the Lord gathers His people on the mountain and feeds us with judgment then none will make us afraid. This is when He makes us lie down in green pasture next to still waters (Psa 23:1-3). Here are a few of many witnesses to this promise of perfect love (i.e. our obedience) casting out all fear.

Eze 34:28 and they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast [Lions] of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

Eze 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

Zep 3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Lions, like every word of Scripture, have both a negative and a positive meaning. But here the Lord is mocking the old man who is living a lie in strong delusion thinking he has peace when there is no peace (1 The 5:3, Jer 6:14). When we are yet carnal, our father the devil has plenty of food and is used of the Lord to devour us and eat our flesh.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Gen 3:14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

All Israel, God’s Elect, first fall prey to the adversary and our first mother of the flesh before we come into the haven of our spiritual mother in the Body of Christ. We all learn how to be very good lions in catching and devouring our prey which are our own people at this stage of spiritual immaturity.

Eze 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

Eze 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

Eze 19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

The end of the process we are enduring is that that old lion, that old adversary the Devil and Satan, along with his angels (and their chariots and horses) will be cast out of our hearts and our minds.

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

When the Lord turns the tables and devours the devourers then the adversary within shall have no more resting place.

Our next verse looks at how we eat unworthily in our immaturity.

Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

The Lord uses the wicked as His sword. Our own sinfulness will be used to bring salvation as we have studied. We are the hearers but not the doers of the Word which must be humbled before Christ in us can be exalted. The process of judgment includes Satan and his lions devouring our flesh.

Isa 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

When we are under the dominion of the adversary, the roaring lion seeking whom he may devour; we are being fed defiled meat and the dark crevices within are filled with lies that keep the ten horned beast submissive to his father, the great red dragon (Rev 12:3).  We are what we eat and what we are eating when under the adversary are lies and idols of the heart.

Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Eating and drinking refers to spiritual matters and what we think and believe and take to heart. Doctrines and carnal reasoning are what we eat and drink, either meat or wine. We have seen this battle raging in the heavens being a war of thoughts all given to us by the Lord (Amo 4:13, John 15:5).We have many commands that speak of what we are to eat and drink and with regards to meat, we are told to not eat anything that is dead of itself and is torn or strangled among other commands.

Eze 44:31 The priests shall not eat of anything that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

The message the early church sent to the Gentiles was telling them to take heed to their doctrine and what they eat spiritually. They were commanded not to eat any meat offered to idols, from blood, things strangled or fornication. Here was the punch line of the letter delivered by Judas and Silas after the elders met in Acts 15 to consider the issue of the Law of Moses.

Act 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Being disobedient children first, we don’t obey these table rules on how we are to eat and must be punished with judgment.

The word translated as “ravin” here [H2966] in Nahum 2:12 is only translated that one time, and is most often translated as “torn of beasts” as these OT witnesses below attest. God’s people are not to eat ravened meat which is torn meat. That is only fit to be cast to the dogs who are those outside the covenant of faith.

Exo 22:31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is “torn of beasts” [H2966] in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

Lev 7:23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

Lev 7:24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is “torn with beasts” [H2966], may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

One of our trials being in the world but not of it is that we are often put in situations where we are given these lies and carnal doctrines to eat or mediate in our mind. It is best to be separated and not engage in such eating and drinking. Even the example of Daniel being a captive in Babylon and refusing to eat of the meat or drink their wine is an example to all of us to this very day.

Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

We simply can’t fit in with this world and eat at the Lord’s Table and the table of devils.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

The way a lion is stopped from roaring is to cut off his prey. By stopping the eating of this strangled meat of the world and Babylon, the negative lions within us, the voice of the adversary, is silenced by being starved to death.

Amo 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

It is through death that the adversary is destroyed and there is no more prey, no more food for the lions. By losing our life, becoming a living sacrifice; we cut off the prey of the adversary.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,the devil;

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

The holes where we hid out in the mountains are the crevices of lies and darkness that we feed on in our deception awaiting the Lion of Judah.

Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Here is our final verse for this study.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

The adversary, the devil, like lions in the natural prey upon the weak and sick. This is the spiritually poor in spirit [negative application] but when Christ comes to make war this situation change.

Pro 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The brightness of the Lord’s coming happens suddenly in our spiritual darkness and then we are awakened to righteousness (1 Co 15:34). The war in our heavens will turn and the adversary will be put down as Christ increases and the old man decreases. Chariots are the lies and carnal doctrines and they will be burned in the smoke of the sacrifice of our old life. The sword of the Lord will devour the messengers of Satan, the young lions of that old serpent, the devil who is the father of lies.

The Lord will cut off the prey. The new man in us, the man child, will no longer be deceived and will no longer “buy and sell” in Nineveh. It is the beheading of the beast that cuts off the prey for the adversary and allows the new man, Christ in us, to flourish (Rev 20:4).

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The lions of the adversary will be starved to death and the voice of the devil’s messengers, the messengers of the harlot as well; will be heard no more in the kingdom that is being put under the dominion of the Lion of Judah. Entering through the veil of flesh into the Body and abiding there is how the book is opened and the trumpets and vials of wrath are poured on the beast and his throne.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

These selected verses from Ezekiel 26 nicely speak to this raging war in our heavens and how the Lord purposes to destroy our carnality (the food for the lions) through His Body speaking Words of fire that consume the chariots, horses and horsemen of the adversary.  This is what destroys the carnal mind.

Eze 26:7  For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

Eze 26:9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

Eze 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

Eze 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

Next week we will begin Chapter 3 and cover the final verses of this prophecy that was written for our edification.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the AGE (world) are come.

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Growing To See the Fullness of Christ

imagesThe many called of God will first come to know Jesus Christ only in the flesh.  From out of the multitudes that know Christ in the flesh,  the Lord will drag a few chosen thru the veil of flesh into the realm of the spirit.  These few are God’s Elect who are given this blessing and the spiritual healing that comes with it.  It is when this veil is removed that our blindness is healed and we are given to see and to hear spiritually.  With ears to hear and eyes to see,  such blessed men and woman will be given to see past the letter of the Scripture and begin to understand the mysteries of the kingdom.

Mat 20:34  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. 

2Co 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 

Unless and until this happens, all the Lord’s doing, we will not understand what is really being said in the Scriptures.  I can attest we will think otherwise but will have no clue until Christ is revealed to us in our appointed times.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

At this stage of our walk we are yet carnal and remain unconverted. We may well have cleaned up the outside of our cup while in Babylon and will be doing many good works, but the fact remains our hearts will not be circumcised until the Lord returns a second time to bring judgment against our old man and carnal nature.  We won’t know Him and have eternal life abiding in us, until our “day of the Lord” has begun in earnest.

Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Christ will come again to make war in our heavens and that is how salvation will come and how we will then know He is the Lord.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 

For a great article on where is heaven, click here.

Once faith has come and the Spirit given to God’s Elect (no free will involved) then as babes we will learn and grow quickly.  The original Apostles who walked with Christ for 3.5 years remained unconverted themselves and Pentecost was just the beginning of their walk in the Spirit. They still had everything to learn and much to unlearn as the Scriptures tell us as they matured in the true faith.  We like Peter and ALL disciples will think we are already converted and see when we are still blind as bats not knowing who Christ truly is.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. 

Luk 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.  (We can’t do the works of God until faith comes and the Spirit is given)

Mat 26:35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples (you and me all of us will live these words, it was not just Peter)

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 

There is no avoiding it.  We can’t shortcut God’s plan and not live the words of God that say we will first serve Him in the flesh but not know Him in the spirit.  Before we know the real Jesus and understand Christ we will follow and know Him only in the flesh and will have no spiritual understanding as carnal babes in Babylon.  But a day will come when the Lord returns to make war in our heavens and that is when we will begin to be taught the deep mysteries of the kingdom and know Christ in spirit

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (even the Jesus we knew in the flesh)

Understanding We Live By Every Word

Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 

God’s ways are not the ways of the carnal mind and the carnal mind will think the ways of the Lord are foolishness.  This verse below quoted in both Matthew and Luke, from what Christ spoke in Deuteronomy is a stumbling block to those that walk after the flesh who are yet carnal and claim they see but are indeed spiritually blind.  That is all of us at one time because as we saw above when Christ comes to us the second time, those that say they are blind will be given sight and those that claim they see will be made blind.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. 

Few are given to understand the depth of this statement by Christ. He did not say man should follow the 10 commandments when He spoke these words. That is what Babylonian doctrine teaches, the Scriptures teach something entirely different — the truth. The truth is man will live by every word God spoke in the Scriptures which is His word. Nothing will be left out and we have specific warnings in Revelation 22 about those that will add to or take away from the words of God. For those given eyes to see, they will come to know that they will live by every word in the Scriptures. This means they will see themselves in every verse of the Bible. The verses are not speaking about somebody else, they are speaking about you and me and all men in the appointed times. It does take time to grow and to fully appreciate what living every word really means but the Lord will give the increase when we are able to bear it. So when you see this you are blessed indeed as then you as the reader “will understand” and Christ’s appearing is at the very door.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

CHRIST IS (not was) COME IN THE FLESH

The mystery of living by every word comes with the understanding that Christ is the first Adam (sinful marred vessel of clay, the old man with a carnal mind) and the second Adam (the Lord from heaven, the new man). Christ is the first and the last.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Christ being the alpha and the omega means that we are Jesus Christ (part of the BODY, not the head) as we come into this world as the first man Adam and in the appointed times are transformed into the Lord from heaven, the new man. Christ was made sin not when He died on the cross, but when He came in the likeness of sinful flesh. FLESH IS SIN, Christ’s flesh was sin and our flesh is sin and as God’s Elect, we are in Him and He is in us. He is the the alpha and the omega.

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Christ having already overcome sinful flesh suffered thru all the same temptations we do yet He was without sin.  But having done this, He is our high priest and is able to give us comfort in our time of temptation.  All the lies of Babylon about Christ being immaculately conceived and having a different kind of flesh is nonsense and is another jesus. Jesus Christ HAS come and IS coming NOW, in sinful flesh.   He is in my flesh right now making war in my heavens and bringing judgment upon the old man and cleansing His temple which temple I am and all of God’s Elect will be.

Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

Knowing where is heaven and what the earth refers to is paramount to understand what is being said.  Anyone who denies this is still of their father the devil, is yet carnal and is antiChrist with their beliefs and are serving another jesus following a false gospel.

1Jn 4:2-3  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.   And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Israel – The Body of Christ On Which the Head Sits

Isa 49:3  And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 

Understanding “The Christ” thru which Christ does all His work today is giant mystery that carnal minds will yell blasphemy when they hear such things; but they simply do not understand.  The Scriptures remains sealed unto them and it simply has not been given them to understand as many are called and only few are chosen.  God’s Elect are not Jesus Christ the head, but we are indeed Jesus Christ THE BODY.  Until Christ was resurrected in a spiritual body He had no place to lay His head and that was the parable being spoken about below.   Jesus was not suggesting we become homeless vagabonds as many carnal holy rollers will lead you to believe.  No, Jesus wanted to get on with building His church and bringing fire into the earth of His chosen vessels.

Mat 8:20  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 

The WORD is Christ and is within all those who are His body, the very Elect.   That same Word is also called ‘fire’ in the scriptures and lo and behold, that fire is found in the same place Christ and His Word are to be found:

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them [God’s witnesses], fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Eventually all men will be dragged to Christ and be saved, all but the Elect at the White Throne Judgment.  Paul speaking to the Greeks at Mars Hill plainly tells us what organized religion can never accept.

Act 17:28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

A loving father is not going to torment his own children forever without end.  Utter carnal delusion.  So ultimately all men are Israel and Christ will dwell in all His people, but for now, God’s purposes is to save only the few His Elect.    Hence Paul wrote of this parable and riddle that continues to confound the wisdom of the wise.

Rom 9:6Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Rom 11:26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

It is God purposes to save the many thru the few and God’s Elect, the Body of Christ will be the rulers and judges in the ages to come.  It is our speaking the words of fire that is the lake of fire and the words “of Christ” that will judge the multitudes in righteousness.  Christ made clear that it would be “the words I have spoken” which would judge all men:

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 

So Christ’s words are fire in the mouths of His elect, and we are all being judged by that very same fire now in this age:

1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 

First and Last & Alpha and Omega

Christ is the first and the last. The Alpha and Omega and all points in-between.  ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD. He causes all the  good and all the evil.  Yet the carnal mind and doctrines of Babylon have another jesus.   Lightness and darkness is the same to the Lord.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

He is not evil but indeed works evil for good and creates it for His purposes.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Rom 8:28 And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

So knowing these things, begins to unlock the mystery of what life is all about. If we are God’s Elect then we are told we are His temple, that is where He dwells right now sitting in our heavens.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

We are God’s house if we are His Elect. Not only does judgment begin with us and we are judged first, but in our house are both honorable and dishonorable things. God uses them both to accomplish His will.

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

And ultimately thru judgment the dishonorable things are purged from our lives, our bodies, our minds and the heavens that are within.  The wood, hay and stubble, the dishonorable things will be purged with fire and heat.

2Ti 2:21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

And once He completes this refining and destruction of our carnal nature, then we as part of His Elect, His ministers of flame on this earth can be used to do the greater works that Christ spoke about.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

But these works cannot commence until our prior carnal works where we thought we served God but worked against Him and denied His name are burned up in the fire of His word during our judgment.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Christ being the first Adam in all of us just goes to show that it was God’s purposes for us to live every word and to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We cannot become like gods until we do so. We have to live by every word.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

And this includes are very sins, the evil we commit and live by until the Lord brings judgment to us and causes us to obey His commandments.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

While we are these bodies of flesh, full of the law of sin and death, we cannot help but sin and it is only by His grace that we are given little by little the dominion to overcome. Only God’s very Elect will be given this dominion, which is salvation in this age. The rest will be saved in the Lake of Fire.

So hopefully some of the readers will see the heresy in the carnal doctrine that man was made perfect and believe the Babylonian lie of the fall of mankind. The fact is we were created sin. Flesh is sin and nothing good dwells in it.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

One day we will live these words and speak what David spoke and then we will understand that even Jesus Christ in a body of flesh was not good.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

The Scriptures, the very words we live by everyone tell us of God’s plan. We will live the darkness and live the sins that are written in the Book.

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

The details of our lives will be different but the one event will be the same and that is living by every word, and this begins with being the vessel of dishonor, the virtual sinning machine in a body of sinful flesh. We will walk in strong delusion long before in His mercy the Lord opens our eyes to see His wonderful works to the children of men.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

This is remarkable truth of the Lord’s plan for us all. One that we will never believe even if a man declare it unto us. We will first be mockers of this truth.

Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

If we are so blessed to be His Elect, then the veil of flesh will be removed and the Body of Christ will come to us and open the seals from the Book. Then we shall see.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

I did not understand all of this at first. It took a couple of years of me eating the true bread from heaven and being in the midst of Christ to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Now I have been given a ministry to feed the flock and to bring the lost sheep into the fold. There won’t be many of them in this age as many are called and few are chosen, yet the Lord has been faithful to give me those opportunities and to even bring forth fruit of that labor.

Praise God for Him giving the increase to seed sown and water poured out.

1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

I can now look behind and see where the Lord has taken me. It is not me living, it is Christ living in me. I know there is much still to be lived and to learn yet for each new day we are given, I can truly say thank you Lord for the “all things” that have been given to me.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

CHRIST RETURNS IN THE CLOUDS – HIS WITNESSES

The parable of Christ ascending into the clouds where He sits at in heaven at the right hand of God tells those with eyes to see where Christ dwells.  Carnal eyes won’t be able to see where Christ went as it must be spiritually discerned.

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 

Act 1:10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 

Again if we know where heaven then we can begin to understand the mystery.

Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 

Christ comes in the clouds, that is where everyone will see Him in due time.  Those clouds are God’s Elect.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 

Rev_11:12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

Rev_14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 

The Body of Christ is the clouds, we are His witnesses, it is us who have the testimony of Jesus Christ and loved not our life unto death.

Heb 12:1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  

Jesus Christ has a Christ and it is these witnesses that are likened to clouds in Scripture.  These clouds are the lights unto this dark world but the cloud that is Christ is both light and darkness.  To those very few God is dragging to Himself now, the clouds will be light in the night but to those carnal multitudes in Babylon who are not being dragged, the very same cloud is utter darkness.  I have shared this Scripture lately that foretell of this mysterious way of the Lord.

Exo 14:20  And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 

Exo 19:9  And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever

I hope this post has brought you to see that we are Jesus Christ if we are His Elect.  We are not the head but we are the body and consider who Jesus Christ the head says we are when speaking to our persecutors.  Paul never saw the Lord when He was in His own personal body of flesh yet heed the words of the Lord.

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 

If we can’t say this is true then it is not true.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.  Just like our head, we will be hated and persecuted for doing what He did.  Those in Babylon will seek to kill Christ in us that is speaking these truths.

Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 

It takes time to grow in our understanding of the depth of God’s wisdom and to understand the meat of His word.  We are not given it all at once, it is fed to us as we are able to receive it.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

We will close with a review of the warnings of adding to or taking away from our part in the book.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DENY WE LIVE BY EVERY WORD?

All of us will at first be adding to and taking away from the book of life in which the names of God’s Elect are written and in due time will include the names of all men. We have Scripture that tells us what happens and these too are words we shall live by in due time.

If we add to the words of God, we just are given more false doctrines, the plagues to deceive us and keep us blinded from the truth.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

If we subtract or take away from the book, saying those words do not apply to us, then we have no part in the book of life which means we do not know the Lord and are following another jesus.

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

When we take away from the book, we don’t know Him and have not eternal life abiding in us.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I pray this has helped some of you see the bigger picture and to appreciate more that it is the SUM OF THY WORD that is truth. Only taking “some” of it is another jesus.

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth

Please email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com if you have questions or relevant comments.

Your brother living that one event that comes alike to all of us,

Pete

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

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Lying Signs and Wonders

beast withinMat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

The end of the age (AION) comes at midnight the darkest part of the night.  It comes at the very peak of our spiritual deception when we are madly inflamed on wine and staggering in spiritual drunkenness.

Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Our falling away into God’s strong delusion must precede the coming of the Lord to us the second time for salvation without sin. We will be spiritually dead worshiping the beast within before the Lord will drag us to Him and suddenly appear and bring salvation to us.

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

We will never understand any of this until after we have lived it.  We will look behind where we have come with new God given ears to hear and then we shall also see the plan and purposes of the Lord.  None of us will see spiritually until our day of judgment. All of us will be shut up in spiritual darkness until then. Judgment first comes to the house of God as Peter wrote and it is this process that will awaken us to the true righteousness of Christ.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God

In the meantime those called of God will be deceived by lying signs and wonders and the many false prophets The Lord sends into our lives.  Christ said His purpose in coming was for judgment and that would be brought by making those that claim to see blind.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

God’s Elect, the chosen few will be the first redeemed from the earth and will live by every word God has spoken. This means they will first be deceived by the false ministers of Babylon and the lying signs and wonders that God causes that make the deception and spiritual blindness so pervasive. We as His Elect will first claim we see but will be totally spiritually blind just like all of Orthodox Christianity.  However, in our appointed time, those few chosen of God will come out of the harlot.  It will take some time for all the plagues of God to destroy our carnal mind and all the deceptions we had trusted and had learned.

This woman is the apostate church that represents orthodox Christianity that will be very appealing on the outside arrayed with all the fine things of God yet her hands hold a cup full of all her impure and defiled doctrines of devils that mix the things of God with the things of this world.

Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

The harlot and the signs and wonders we see while part of this harlot are very convincing. This post will focus on these lying signs and wonders that are used of God to deceive us and keep us in the bondage of Babylon for our appointed 70 years. Some may have an ear to hear and will be edified by knowing these things are true.

The Falling Away (ours) Must Come First

Evening always precedes the morning.  Darkness comes before the light.  God is calling light out of the darkness He purposefully creates.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The way salvation comes and the eternal (“aionious” in the Greek) life that comes with it, that is knowing Christ and the Father is that we individually must fall away first into great spiritual deception. There is no avoiding it. All who come in the presence of Christ first fall backwards.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Paul who himself had an astonishing experience of first walking in strong delusion, mentioned this often to the early believers. The falling away must come first!

2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

Living by every word includes falling away. The beast that we all are has to first be exalted onto God’s throne in our hearts and worshiped by us and then this same beast, the man of sin will need to be revealed to us in our day of judgment. These words of Paul and all the words of Christ are living words that is, was and will be. These were not speaking to some future event regarding orthodox Christianity 2,000 years in the future. That is what the carnal man believes yet the truth is the corporate church had already fallen away before the Bible was even finished being written.

1Jn 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Act 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Each supposed reformation (i.e Martin Luther) just formed a new layer of deception and built more lies upon the false foundation of another jesus. Major heresy and damnable lies such as eternal torment, the fall of man, the trinity, man having free will were just covered up with more lies and the truth was totally blotted out of the orthodox churches. People like to quote “early” church leaders from the first few centuries, yet these were of the apostate church that had already blossomed from the days of the Apostles.

In fact late in Paul’s ministry, he told Timothy that ALL those in Asia, in all the churches he had started had forsaken him and had fallen into apostasy.  The great falling away was not some event set 2,000 years out that had no effect to the generations that have preceded us here in 2013.

2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Talk about a lonely road!  Even Demas and our beloved Titus who Paul wrote a letter to in our Bibles fell away and went back into this present world.  The deadly wound to his beastly head was healed and he fall away from the truth going back to the elementary principles of this world.  Which is what we all will do until we are dragged out by God.

2Ti 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

The lying signs and wonders will deceive every man and it is only God’s Elect who will be rescued from the deception by the mercy of the Lord.  But this is God’s plan, His will has been done in this regard, and we are going to look at some of the ways God uses to keep the multitudes bound in total spiritual darkness with a veil over their eyes.

God’s Elect will only come to know the truth by looking behind themselves and seeing after the fact what God had done all along. We all live the examples given us of ancient Israel. They and you and me will rebel against God all the while thinking we are doing Him a service and are in good stead. Those stories were not written for them that lived then, nor are they a history lesson, they were written for our admonition upon whom the end of the age have come.

1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Out of Egypt Into Babylon/Assyria

The plan for the people of God is to go into Babylon when they first come out of Egypt. Here they will spend their appointed years in captivity and bondage to the carnal doctrines of Orthodox Christianity.

Hos 11:1 When Israel (God’s Elect) was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

Hos 11:2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Hos 11:3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

Hos 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

This indeed is one of the spiritual lessons that the Old Testament is given to tell those with ears to hear what will have been their journey before Christ is revealed to them.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages (world) are come.

We all are snared by that woman Jezebel, spending time in the all seven churches of the book of Revelation which is just bible speak for one church. Seven being the number of completion in the Scriptures. We will think we have arrived and need not anymore repentance.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jezebel represents the spiritual whore Babylon and her doctrines, a.k.a. the ninety and nine who thought they do not need repentance. They truly believe that they are the true church of God with all their signs and wonders and all their good works they count for their own righteousness.

Pro 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

But when in Babylon we are fornicating with the harlot, we are eating poisoned food and bitter waters all the while claiming to not be a widow and that Christ is our husband. We will not yet know nor believe that we are a wretched man and the chief of sinners.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Only God’s Elect Shall Eat True Bread

To be in Christ we must eat of His body.  When Christ dwells in us we are in Christ and He is in us.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Yet only the few, not the many called are given this bread to eat.  It is not up to man or his delusion of free will to choose to eat this bread, it is indeed given to us.

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were GIVEN unto him of my Father.

God’s plan and purposes is to call a few out of the many to be His Elect and continue the ministry of Jesus Christ. As the body of Christ, only God’s Elect are given the right to eat at the altar. Jesus Christ is the true bread from heaven and this is only given to His chosen few to partake of in this life.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

None of this is based on any merit, it is all given to men based on God’s purposes and declarations regarding Election. His counsel shall stand not matter what the wise men of Babylon or the reasoning’s of religious men say.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Those in Babylon will hate us for these words and for the coat of many colors we are given by God. The story of Joseph tells of God’s dealings with His Elect.

Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

I have learned this lesson. Being persecuted and hated for simply speaking the truth of God’s word. This is the walk of God’s Elect who are blessed when they are persecuted for righteousness and His name.  Those that remain in spiritual darkness cannot bring themselves to speak peaceably to God’s Elect. God put enmity in their hearts and is working all things for the counsel of His will. All things a man has or does not have is all the Lord’s doing. There is nothing any man has received that was not given to us by God.

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

The Levites versus the Priests

Many are called and few are chosen. It is the very Elect, who are the only priests of God. Only they can handle the instruments of the temple of God, which is His word. The Levites who are in type and shadow, those in Babylon only serve the tabernacle of the congregation, but they cannot go past the veil (the flesh) nor handle the instruments in the temple, lest they die.

Num 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath [the Levites] in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Lev 10:13 And ye [Aaron and his sons] shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons’ due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded.

The altar in the holy place is the golden altar of incense, and no mere Levite who is not the seed of Aaron the high priest was ever to eat at that altar. The high priest is a type of Christ as our high priest.

“They which serve the tabernacle” but “have no right to eat” with us, are those who are “carried about by different and strange doctrines” because they fear offending their brothers who think nothing of eating “meat offered to idols” and thereby causing weak brothers to think there is nothing wrong with eating meat offered to idols. Meat offered to idols is the doctrines of Babylon and the doctrines of those who serve the tabernacles, and are “carried about by different and strange doctrines which Paul calls “the cup of devils”.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.


Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee [shall minister] before the tabernacle of witness.
Num 18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.
Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

Those so blessed to be given the faith of Christ and the revelation of Jesus inwardly eat at the altar of God for which the multitudes have no right to eat. Those in Babylon have no right to eat of the true things of God. Such treasures must be given only to those God has chosen since before the foundations of the world. Those in Babylon will hate us for the favor God has shown.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

It is the stark contrast between the Levites who are the priests, the sons of Aaron, as opposed to the Levites, who are not priests, but who are commanded to “keep the charge of the tabernacle”, which demonstrates the spiritual meaning of “Many are called but few are chosen”.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Only the priests, the sons of Aaron are able to enter into the tabernacle to do the service “within the vail” of the tabernacle.  Getting past the veil is getting past the flesh and the carnal mind and that only by the gift of God in our appointed times.  Until that day comes, we and the all the spiritual Levites will think the things of God to be foolishness.  They are blinded as that is God’s plan.

2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
2Co 3:15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
2Co 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

The mission field of the disciples is the many called that are in Babylon. God’s Elect are not to bash Babylon as Babylon serves a very valuable purpose in God’s plan for the ages. Babylon is there doing exactly what God has it doing which is keeping the multitudes that come to Christ blinded from the truth. We are to speak against their doctrine however and stand up to the truth and they in fact are the mission field for God’s Elect. We are only sent to the lost house of Israel.

Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel

Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

We are not sent to those God has blinded for now. We are not sent to the 99 who claim they need no repentance nor those that say they do not need a physician. Those in Babylon will think they already have repented and are serving God yet they are yet carnal and know not the true grace of the Lord at this time. God’s Elect will move on when it is clear that God has not prepared someone’s heart to receive the truth.

Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

God Keeps the Multitudes Blinded

Despite what we learn in Babylon, the plan of God is give light to very few and blind the rest of the world. Of course those that are blind will claim they see yet those words will be revealed for the lie they are at the appearing of the Lord in judgment.

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

All of us will be spiritual blind and YET CARNAL all the days we are in Babylon and participating in its activities and following its various doctrines all of which contradict the word of God. The whole world is deceived and only by the mercy of God are the few chosen dragged out of this deception and given the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The deception is complete, it is total. There is not a single doctrine we learn in Babylon that is true. All the gold and silver has been tarnished and cankered by Babylon. The word has been corrupted and turned into wormwood that we all shall certainly drink before we ever know the truth. And this is all part of God’s plan to blind the world and only give sight to a few.

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

The Lord uses signs and wonders both within a person’s life and external in the world to lead the carnal minded into thinking they are in the truth, have the Holy Spirit and are not part of the whore harlot church that is Babylon. There is nobody better than God in sending strong delusion and making it stick. The Scriptures tell us how God does this and it is through lying signs and wonders. These signs are how our beast receives a deadly wound to one of its heads which is healed as we fall for the lies and carnal doctrines of Babylon. The beast that all men are will continue to rule in our hearts, our day of judgment has not yet come.

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

The signs and wonders are actual signs and wonders, they are real. People actually see miracles happening, great deliverances and healings, outward changes in their lives, but the heart has not been circumcised. They are lying signs and wonders in that they are designed to mask the greater truth from those involved. As Jesus said, His words are used to keep the multitudes in spiritual darkness every learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth. Babylon does not appreciate these words of Scripture.

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Yet this mystery of how Christ can be both total darkness to one side and total light to the other is in the Scriptures for those that are given the understanding.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Good Works and Preaching Will Deceive Us

The whole counsel of God makes clear that the performance of good works, doing good deeds and helping people in the flesh will not get us into the kingdom of God and are also used by God to keep us under strong delusion while we are in Babylon. Many will say to Christ on their day of judgment these words and the Lord will answer.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The Book of JOB is in type and shadow the story of God’s elect. JOB like all of us when we are in Babylon will put great trust in our good works and use them as justification of our own righteousness. Yet our righteousness as JOB found out is really truly just filthy rags. It is not our UNRIGHTEOUSNESS that is filthy rags to God, it is the good stuff we do, it is our own righteousness.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Secretly it is all about ME, MYSELF and I or my church and my ministry during our days of being deceived by our good works which become lying signs and wonders. Just look at the boasting JOB held in his heart over all the good works he did before he knew the real God. The insidious sin of self righteousness is one we all will commit and it will be at the peak of our Babylonian service that we like JOB will be thinking such self righteous thoughts and boasting of our goodness and service to God.

Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Job 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

Job 29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Job 29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Job 29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

Job 29:12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Job 29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Job 29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Job 29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

Job 29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

Job 29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

Job 29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

Our zealousness and participation in many good works are used to blind the multitudes that are in Babylon. They (which is all of us at one time) will think they lack nothing and are rich and increased in goods and need not any repentance. The good works are the proof text they are part of the Body of Christ, or so they think. God uses all of this to keep the multitudes, the many called blinded in Babylon.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Fire from heaven is the word of God being spoken in heaven, and that heaven in inside of us. Those in Babylon do have the word of God, which is the fire but it is perverted. Still Babylon is full of many ministers some with great oratory skills and excellent communicators. They will speak on the word of God eloquently but with error and will lead the people astray prophesying smooth deceits to them.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

God used many a false preacher, gifted men with talents and great seeming miracles to prove it to preach the word to me and turn me over to the idols of my heart.  Great men of God preached many a fiery sermon that called fire down from my heavens but only served to take me deeper into the bottomless pit within.  We will be so convinced of this we will vigorously defend our false teachers and prophets just as I did in promoting and defending the false gospel and idols of Milton Green, Derick Prince and David Wilkerson to name a few that had be bound in Babylon long after I had left the building.

What is particularly a compelling lying sign and wonder is the outward changes we make in our lives and the very real deliverance from sins and various addictions. I have heard very compelling testimonies from people who have been delivered of drugs, overcame alcoholism, defeated pornography, turned from thief to good Samaritan.

Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Rev 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

I don’t doubt any of such miracles as that is what they are, a miracle from God, yet the Lord uses such things to keep the multitudes of Babylon blinded held in chains of darkness awaiting their day of judgment.

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

God does indeed heal also. He sends all sickness and disease and He heals in many cases. Such healings are also used to help bind the multitudes in darkness. God is good and is working all things, including blinding the whole world for good per the counsel of His will. We are that beast which becomes that false prophet that is actually working against God all the while we think we are serving Him when we are in Babylon.

Rev 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

We must remember that it is appointed that man will live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. So all of us, you and me will walk under strong delusion long before we come to know the true Lord. This coming out of Babylon, being dragged to Jesus Christ is a process and there are many stops along the way. This is what makes it that much harder for carnal babes to receive our true testimony when we do come out because it will have been obvious to all the folly of our earlier beliefs, all when we were certain we were in the truth but were actually in total spiritual darkness.

Here is the truth and words we will live by. We can’t know Christ until we first drink of strong drink and get drunk with wine. We can’t know Christ until we first fall backwards and be ensnared into the false doctrines of Babylon. This is true whether we go to a building or belong to a denominational church or not. The mother of all harlots lives within us.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Being a good Samaritan is not about doing many good works in the flesh. Loving our neighbor is obeying God and He has commanded His Elect to go speak His word to a rebellious and stiff necked people who think they lack nothing and are not in need of repentance. The oil and wine we pour out in their wounds bring spiritual healing which are the greater works that Christ said we would do.

Luk 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

Luk 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Luk 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Christ no longer calls His Elect servants. He calls them friends because He has made know to us the mysteries of the kingdom and what His plans and purposes our.

Joh 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Joh 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

The Levites of today do not know what the Lord is doing. They are those who God has blinded and shut up in spiritual darkness. The light that is in them is actually darkness and how great is that darkness. It is not their fault or place as such understanding is only given to us if the Lord wills and has determined beforehand.

Deliverance Will “Finally” Come VIA Judgment

A day will come for each of us if we are God’s chosen when the rock that is Christ will fall upon us. I was given this mercy last year and it has completely destroyed the old me as the Potter has turned upside down and is reshaping the new man. It is not pleasant and it will not be popular with friends, family and foes. But if we are faithful, God will finish the good work He has begun in us. The true circumcision is made without hands and our works will have nothing to do with it.

When we begin to see that all that believed were lies. All of it. When we begin to realize that God had purposefully made us drunk with the wine of the harlot which mixed the things of God with the things of this world, then we will begin to awake to true righteousness. We will be shown what a wretched beast we truly are in this vessel of clay. It will be quite humbling and we will be ashamed of all the blasphemy we did against God, all the denying His doctrine and the persecution and false charges we had laid against His very Elect. But when that day comes, the walls and idols that have kept us safe and secure will come tumbling down as all of our doctrines are burned with the fire that is God’s word.

Jer 51:57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
Jer 51:58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.

The people that make up the professing church will labor in vain but the Lord will build His church on His timeline.

Psa 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Our pride will hold us back from admitting our error. We will play along with the harlot long after we see the truth. We won’t want to endure the shame of the cross and the rebuke of our carnal friends. But like Jeremiah found out, the fire that the Lord has set inside of us will be too strong for our flesh. We will not be able to remain silent for long.

Jer 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

What a great calling and election this is. I pray all being stirred by the spirit of God will endure thru the trials of life and be found worthy to stand with Christ and rule and reign with Him in the age to come. That is the upward calling of God for which we strive to stay on the narrow path.  God is not at rest, our Father is working and the work He is doing will not be believed by us even if one declares it to us.  It awaits the day of our judgment when the lying signs and wonders will be exposed and the truth of God’s word will be made manifest to us.

Act 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

The beast will be destroyed.  That is how salvation come and the first Adam is destroyed, making way for the second one, which is Christ in us, the hope of Glory.  Pray the rock falls and breaks you, that is the only way for Christ to come.

Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

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